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Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

The Egg, Thursday

It was an unlikely, ambitious, and ultimately triumphant feat when Dweezil Zappa rallied some of the greatest prog-rockers in the land to revive the spirit of his father (Frank Zappa) for the first Zappa Plays Zappa tour in 2006. Now it’s a steady gig, and the world is a safer place from the ever-present threat of yellow snow. Frank would have been 70 this year, so Dweezil is taking his spot-on tribute one step further by integrating enhanced video of his dad into the band’s set, which revolves around the album Apostrophe (’) in its precise running order. Scour Craigslist, because this one is sold out. (Dec. 16, 8 PM, $32.50-$69.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)



Valentine’s, Friday

It’s not what you think. D.R.U.G.S., the new band fronted by ex-Chiodos singer Craig Owens, are something of an indie-punk supergroup, with a membership comprising former members of Underminded, From First to Last, Matchbook Romance, and Story of the Year. They fancy themselves survivors, thus their name, an acronym that stands for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. The band currently are prepping their debut record, to be released in early 2011; currently, you can hear their first single, which sports the “You’re So Vain”-esque title “If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is,” at their Facebook page. They’ll be joined at Valentine’s by Eyes Set to Kill, New Medicine, and Enigmatic Heart. (Dec. 17, 7 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Paranoid Social Club, Skeletons in the Piano, Phillips Head

Putnam Den, Saturday

We love the crazies, oh yes, and this show is full of ’em. Rustic Overtones offshoot Paranoid Social Club modeled their first three discs after axes I-III, psychiatric conditions as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They’re currently working on Axis IV, the clinical definition of which concerns psychosocial and environmental problems. Should be fun! Local boys Skeletons in the Piano and Phillips Head both have some crazy in their blood: Skeletons have a thing for wearing costumes and having belly-dancers onstage; Phillips Head are from Glens Falls. (Dec. 18, 8 PM, $10-$15, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)

Holiday Folk Show

Caffe Lena, Saturday

Oh boy. You know how at this time of the year it seems like everyone’s celebrating something, even if it’s actually a different something—or someone—that they’re celebrating. You have heard about the prisoner who won the right to have kosher meals for Festivus, haven’t you? Well, Festivus is just about the only holiday that Trish Miller and Jack Kirk, Addie and Olin, Linda Schrade and David Kiphuth won’t be celebrating this Saturday evening at the big, annual Holiday Folk Show at Caffe Lena. It’s billed as a “Candlemas-Hanukhah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event!” There will be singin’ and fiddlin’ and pickin’ and grinnin’. And maybe, if you ask nice, an airing of the grievances ’round the Festivus pole. (Dec. 18, 8 PM, $17, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Tristan Allen CD release

Caffe Lena, Wednesday

At just 17 years of age, Saratoga Springs native Tristan Allen already has the foundation for a breakout success. Allen began performing his piano compositions at the Caffe Lena open-mic night as a preteen, with the goal of recording an album, according to The Boston Globe, “by the time he was 21.” But a chance encounter with enigmatic performer Amanda “Fucking” Palmer changed everything: She took Allen into her home and onto the Web, and with help from Palmer’s fans via a Kickstarter campaign, more than $8,000 was raised in just 48 hours, funding a debut EP for the prodigious instrumental talent. Allen will celebrate the release this week at his old stomping ground. No word on whether Ms. Palmer will herself appear. (Dec. 22, 7 PM, $5, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Also Noted
Jimmy Webb

Tonight (Thursday) at Red Square, it’s a “Chick Singer-Songwriters of the Capital Region” night; Kelly Zullo, Olivia Quillio, Laura Joy, Erin Harkes, and Molly Durnin will all perform (8:30 PM, $6, 465-0444). . . . The Erotics celebrate the holiday season in their own inimitable style tomorrow (Friday) at Savannah’s; the Blisterz, Blackcat Elliot, and Smittix are also on the bill (8:30 PM, $, 426-9647). . . . Also Friday, NYC hardcore legends Madball bring music for the mosh pit to Bogie’s; they’re joined by Bitter End, Lionheart, All for Revenge, and Glory (7 PM, $15, 483-4393). . . . Worth the drive, always, is songwriting legend Jimmy Webb; he’ll be at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., Friday night (7 PM, $30, 413-586-8686). . . . Sax-slinger Brian Patneaude can be seen in two formats this weekend: Friday, he’s joined by David Caldwell-Mason in a duo performance at One Caroline Street (7:30 PM, free, 587-2026) and Saturday he brings his quartet (Mason, plus Mike Parker, and David Calarco) to Justin’s (9 PM, $5, 436-7008). . . . The Irish Tenors concert scheduled for Saturday at the Palace Theatre has been canceled; call the venue for refund information (465-3334).

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